Not a Blue Wave but a Gathering Storm (11/9/18)
Last Tuesday concluded what was the most expensive and arguably the most dramatic midterm election in United States history, with several House and Senate seats remaining contested between bitterly divided parties. For months on end, perhaps even from the beginning of Trump’s presidency, American citizens were subjected to innumerable campaigning strategies on both sides, with Democrats hailing the upcoming elections as a “Blue Wave”, allegedly a final repudiation of the current administration. This is not entirely without merit, for they have succeeded in their goal of capturing the House of Representatives, presently by a paltry seven seats beyond the required majority (probably more once matters have settled), but a closer inspection suggests that any enthusiasm over this apparent victory will prove to be short-lived. This would, of course, require an examination that transcends identity or gender politics, something that the present Democratic Party proves utterly incapable of doing. Fortunately, this article will set out to do precisely that. Let us, for a moment, review the situation prior to November 6th. Since 2016, Republicans had managed to dominate all branches of the federal government, beginning with the startling upset in both the 2010 and 2014 midterms to successfully shifting the Supreme Court towards the conservative faction in the aftermath of Kavanaugh’s nomination. For the final two years of his presidency, Barack Obama had been reduced to a lame duck and the Democratic Party’s only recourse was that of obstruction and relentless accusations of bigotry, racism, and ignorance. When Trump ascended to the office in January, these methods proved increasingly inept, as Republicans managed to break years of political paralysis by making good (in part) on their promises to voters to pass tax reform and push through multiple Supreme Court nominations, securing a sense of religious protection for the conservative base. However, the faults of the Trump presidency could not be overlooked: dangerous foreign policy, an exponential growth of fact denial, a continued strengthening of the oligarchy, heightened partisanship, and a waning respect for the office of the Presidency in general. Combined with the relentless victim-oriented rhetoric of the Democratic Party, it could not be conceived that Republican supremacy would last for long.
Despite the fanatical energy spent to mobilize the Left’s voter base (not to mention untold amounts of campaign contributions), the most they could achieve was a marginal control of the House—a swing that was less than half of what Republicans won in 2010—and a stream of candidates largely defined not by their merits or policy platforms, but by race, gender, religious background, and sexual orientation. Liberals across the nation hail these results as a victory…but victory for whom? Certainly, it is one matter for those who adhere to diversity like an ersatz religion, but is it enough to derail the policies of the Trump administration? Is it enough to ensure that economic prosperity is returned to middle and lower class Americans? Will it allow for a more cooperative Congress to come together and finally restore efficiency to our political machinery? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, will it allow for the building of a strong State?
The answer to these questions is almost a definitive “no” and, from a simple and straightforward analysis, will actually prove to be more disastrous for the political system than ever before (but certainly advantageous to fascism). It is no secret that the primary goal of the current Democratic platform is to impeach Trump; this has, in fact, been openly declared long before the midterm frenzy. However, the Left should be soberly reminded that while the House has the power to initiate impeachment proceedings, all trial processes and, ultimately, convictions are directed under the Senate. Even with three seats presently contested, Republicans have already managed to retain their Senate majority and continue to display loyalty to the Trump administration, even in the face of overwhelming public dissent during the Kavanaugh trials.
However, let us assume that a grand conspiracy has taken place in Congress in which Republicans, now enjoying renewed terms, consider Trump a liability and decide it is more advantageous to depose him and spend the following years recovering from any constituent fallout that may occur from doing so. Assume further that a protracted, bureaucratic struggle results in Trump’s removal from office, since it is highly unlikely such an egomaniac would resign in a signal of defeat. The end result, with Pence assuming the vacancy, seems more problematic for Democrats for three reasons: his social policies pose a greater threat to their LGBTQIA (etc.) base, would result in a new lengthy debate over his choice of a Vice President, and unless Trump were permanently disqualified from doing so, he could just as easily run again in 2020 with a newly energized and entrenched voter base. Outlining this futility should in no way be considered support for Trump’s administration. Rather, it points to the fact that in spite of these immense challenges, Democrats continue to make “never Trump” the center of their platform and seem determined to send their political rivals a message by attempting to oust the current face of their party. The consequences for doing so are myriad, but two that stand out in particular are the entrenchment of the conservative voter base and the utter lack of attention being paid to more fundamentally important issues.
The issue of entrenchment and the radicalization of both the Left and Right voter bases has been, and will continue to be, a primary variable in the growing maelstrom of American politics that more closely resembles early twentieth century Europe than ever before. Its underlying cause is not difficult to understand: when one party finds their rival growing more extreme, the natural reaction is to radicalize their own positions. As the past two elections have demonstrated, centrist and moderate voters have been placed in the impossible position of maintaining their stance in the face of a radicalizing voter base, often choosing to follow suit to stay relevant. With radicalization comes entrenchment, the refusal to compromise or participate in the bipartisanship necessary to keep democratic institutions healthy. Both parties are evidently losing faith in the bipartisan political process, with entrenchment being necessary to maintain an image of strength; the Democratic push for impeachment would prove to be the ultimate demonstration, but would also result in not only further entrenchment of Trump’s voter base, but outright revolt. At the present, the United States stand in between two phases of political disorder, one being the expression of discontent through protests and social media, the other being an outright recourse to violence. Our ANTIFA rivals have proven the willingness to take the next steps into the second phase; a Trump impeachment could very well be the scenario needed for the conservative faction to do the same.
All the while, millions of Americans struggle to find permanent lines of work; even more continue to be denied affordable access to health care and dodge the dangerous slip into poverty; unresolved immigration standards continue to allow tens of thousands of migrants to threaten our border laws and security; mental illness and substance abuse runs rampant; and campaign finance has virtually stripped our citizens of their ability to influence the direction of our nation and our State. Yet, for as long as “never Trump” and diversity remain at the forefront, the Democratic Party will continue to inject chaos and uncertainty into the future of the United States, in spite of their compassionate and tolerant facade.
It remains, then, to consider the extent to which our Fascist movement concerns itself with the present state of American democracy and the two-party rivalry. As Chairman Noyer cautioned in a previous Fascist Struggle periodical, a fixation on daily politics leads to a dangerous temptation to become imbedded in the same system that we ultimately seek to infiltrate and overthrow. To involve oneself in its hopeless trajectory could all too easily lead to the loss of solidarity that sets us apart from the herd mentality it so heavily depends on, particularly its emphasis on egalitarianism, human rights, and the uncompromising belief in the perpetual dominance of liberal democracy. To the contrary, our gaze must be fixed upon the unfolding chaos with great anticipation and the hope that only a tremendous, approaching calamity can free our nation’s citizens of the seduction that has befallen them. It matters little which form this calamity takes; perhaps it will be the next inevitable recession or an unforeseen international crisis. Regardless, Democrats and Republicans have forced themselves into a position where their leadership will be powerless to stop the event that will be their undoing. Liberalism and conservatism must both be swept aside to make room for a new political takeover and we must be ready to embrace this opportunity with open arms. Therefore, the breakdown of our current political machinery is not something a Fascist should fear, but rather encourage. Only in the aftermath of the failure of the two-party system can we be assured our own chance for political hegemony.
The coming decade will be consumed by the events transpiring from the present; while Trumpism is not an ideology we encourage, it has nonetheless pushed the United States into a direction from which it cannot hope to recover under Republican or Democratic leadership. History has proven that autocracy is often born from the ashes of democracy and while the US constitution has managed to keep rival ideologies on the fringe, its intractable electoral system and separation of powers are leading to its very undoing. These midterms elevated civic participation to unprecedented levels, but voters have not yet seen that their efforts lack any viable direction. November 6th was not a Blue Wave, but a gathering storm and we, the American Blackshirts, are destined to be its riders.